Politics

Lonzen Rugira, the unusual Rwandan

Overtime, some of us had given up on reading the New Times. We felt life was too short, so we’d perused the headings and move on. Every now and then, someone we admire would be published in there and share the link – then we’d read. So when Lonzen Rugira came about, I was clueless. My father was the first ...

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Rich Kigalians piss on rural poor, and call it rain…

Yesterday morning the Central Bank was celebrating the over-subscription to the Rwf 15 billion, three-year government Treasury bond that it issued. On a closer look however I found it worrying that eight bids out of 23 were subscribed by Umerenge SACCO at 12%. Before I proceed, let me give a recap of what Umurenge-SACCO are, their mission and the identity ...

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Victoire Ingabire and Aung San Suu Kyi: The fabulous story of fake twins and fake parents

At first I thought it was all my fault. “‘You’re brainwashed by the government’s ‘propaganda machine’”, foreign colleagues told me, all enamored of Ingabire Victoire. They wondered how I personally and all Rwandans could not see the star that Ingabire really was. They painted a heroic profile of her, compared her to Aung San Suu kyi, the Burmese heroine. Imagine ...

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Constitutions in the world: The Rwandan Example

PRESIDENTIAL TERM LIMIT IN AFRICAN CONSTITUTIONS: TOWARDS A BIASED (RE) DEFINITION OF DEMOCRACY? EMPHASIS ON RWANDA Are constitutions adopted for eternity? Do we, on purpose, and when it suits us, avoid reading clauses of the constitution that provide for whether and how the “fundamental law” may be amended? If the people are sovereign and the sole owners of the constitution, ...

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‘You may write us down in history; Still, we rise!

‘You may write me down in history; With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise… Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room… … You may shoot me with your words, You may ...

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Kigali: The City of Kings; The Center of World Conventions.

When it was built on over 200 million dollars, some said the Convention Center was an expensive edifice, likely to become a white elephant. As it was inaugurated, irregular rainfalls had cause a severe drought in the Eastern Province. Look, they said, money is being wasted on fancy buildings while the people are hungry. The lengthy dry season was to ...

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Gisa, the War Child

‘Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.’ ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray His life wasn’t short for he was larger than it. He accomplished his duty, played his part and set the people free. He had many sides; an irresistible dancer, a heartbreaking lover, an absent husband and father, a fleeting, evanescent life… Like ...

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Where is that line that President Kagame keeps referring to ?

Yesterday President Nkunziza of Burundi became the second erring head of State in our region to be brought back in line: ‘The only reason he is free to talk, is because he hasn’t crossed the line. I’m sure he knows where it is. If he crosses it, he won’t know what hits him…’ -President Kagame at the Youth #MeetThePresident in Kigali yesterday, reacting to ...

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Les medias français, une mouche dans le lait. Africain.

Jusqu’a tout récemment, un président Africain aussitôt élu, devait effectuer une tournée outres-mers, chez l’ancient colon pour recevoir des directives sur comment gouverner, qui nommer conseiller, à quelle entreprise Française céder des concessions. A l’instar de John Pombe Magufuli, et maintenant de la visite du président Patrice Talon qui l’a porte au Nigeria, puis au Rwanda, les Africains se visitent ...

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Africa is too hot for Cold War

‘Ikibazo cyakabaye inyama. None izo nyagwa ugizimana urazibonye, warangiza ukabura ihwa ry’umunyinya ryo kwihaganyura?’ – Théogène Kalinamaryo, RPF Lead Trainer, complaining about toothpicks made in China. I have been having conversations with two businessmen; both clearly unimpressed with what they call my ‘leftists ideas’ – You Left wings have highjacked Pan-Africanism. You are stuck in the sixties and your Che ...

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